Zune HD

I’ve been wanting to get an iPod Touch for a while now, but I just couldn’t come to grips with buying another apple product.  There just wasn’t anything else on the market that competed with it.  Apps, big screen, wifi, etc…  Well, Zune has announced its latest installment: Zune HD.  This little baby is a Touch spanker in my opinion.  Here are the highlights:

  • Built in HD Radio receiver
  • 3.3″ OLED touch screen (480×272 resolution), which will mean much longer battery life than the Touch.
  • Ability to play HD video and export that video to HD televisions via the docking station.
  • Internet browsing (maybe hinting towards Windows Mobile 7?)
  • Runs on the Nvidia Tegra chip

Lets not forget that the starting price for the 16GB version is $20 below that of the 16GB Touch.  That is pretty substantial.  combine that with the HD ability and we are looking at real competition for Apple, for the first time.

Additional features include a marketplace similar to Apple’s App Store, Social, and integration with Xbox Live (rent movies for your device to watch on the go).

Personally, I’m excited about the Tegra chip.  This little sucker shows a lot of promise and expandability for mobile devices.  I’m looking forward to more advanced Android phones running on this chip and I can’t wait to try it out on the Zune HD.  Although games are most likely going to be limited and simple for a while, there is a lot of promise for more complex games with advanced graphics because of this chip.

A cool little thing that really adds no functionality but a neat little aspect none the less is mentioned in CNET.com’s review:

The Zune’s coolest music trick, though, is that it automatically pulls in a gallery of band photos, biographical information, and similar artist recommendations for any currently playing song–regardless of whether the track is from Zune Marketplace, your friend’s hard drive, or torrents.

I’m going to placing my pre-order right now.  Suck it Apple.

Zune HD

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